An Inglewood couple are shocked at the state of their local stream. How's your local watering hole holding up?
The Taranaki Regional Council says it will investigate claims by Inglewood residents that a stream running past their property pongs of cow dung.
Keith and Sally Houghton have lived at their Rewa St address for a year and said the suspected cow dung was a "constant problem" in Waiongona-Iti Stream.
Mr Houghton said the muck was particularly noticeable last week and called the council at the weekend.
"The whole width of the river was just a brown sludge.
"It's brown scum formed on the surface, about 25ml thick."
Taranaki Regional Council compliance manager Bruce Pope said any complaint the council received was responded to immediately.
Mr Houghton said he was not interested in making a legal case of the issue.
"I just want to raise some publicity so it's stopped," he said.
The couple were involved in whio (blue duck) conservation, which meant they had spent time around waterways in Egmont National Park.
"The health of the rivers up there, they're just pristine compared with here."
Mrs Houghton said she hoped action would be taken to prevent waste being dumped into waterways.
"I just think farmers should be aware people do take notice of their rivers."
She said the sludge tainted the charm of living next to a stream.
"It's been a lifelong passion to live next to running water, but not like this."
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